Amy Adams, American Hustle

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Amy Adams' wardrobe in American Hustle may be dated, but it's as chic as all heck.

Even the pasties she wears in her quick peekaboo stripper scene are things to envy.

So what was Adams' favorite fashion in the 1970s crime drama?

"Honestly, it wasn't a dress," the newly-minted Golden Globe nominee tells me. "It's a coat! It's in the airplane scene. It's a camel coat with the hat."

The low-cut sequined Studio 54-esque dress she wears in the American Hustle movie poster was anything but comfortable to wear. "Scratchy!" Adams said. "That dress was really scratchy. That dress was not lined!"

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson says his team's research was extensive. "We watched every single movie from 1978," he told me. "We really cast the net wide. We looked at high fashion—Halston, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent—and we also looked at cheesy advertising [and] Playboy spreads just so we could really get the pop culture references these characters would have been inspired by."


American Hustle, Poster, Amy Adams

Loosely based the FBI's ABSCAM anti-corruption operation in the late '70s that led to prison sentences for several politicians, including a U.S. Senator, American Hustle is in theaters in New York and L.A. tomorrow, Dec. 13 with a wide release following next week on Dec. 20.

"I would not wear most of those clothes in real life," Adams told E! News earlier this week. "There's just not enough double-sided tape to take me through my life as a mom with those V-necks."

Adams not only nabbed a Golden Globe nomination this morning for her work the film, but (no surprise!) her performance is getting mucho praise from movie critics.

American Hustle, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

Sony Pictures

"Amy Adams has played nice ("Junebug," "Doubt"), and she has played hard ("The Master")," David Denby wrote in The New Yorker. "This movie allows her to pull the two together, and she's remarkably vivid in scene after scene."

The crime drama scored both a Screen Actors Guild Nomination for Best Cast in a Motion Picture and a Golden Globe nom for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

"[T]his star-studded Sony prestige release is a near-continual pleasure to spend 135 minutes with, repeatedly hitting that comic sweet spot where corruption and buffoonery collide," The Wrap's Alonso Duralde wrote.

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